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Scotts Turf Builder Zoysia Grass Seed and Mulch Review

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O.M. Scott founded the Scotts Company in 1868 as a superior quality seed company geared to the US agricultural industry, as well as a highly successful horse-drawn farm equipment distributor. In 1907 Dwight, O.M.'s eldest son, envisioned the future of beautiful lawns as a key component of the emergent "American Way of Life" and started selling grass seed by mail. O.M. Scott and Sons Co. opened its first retail outlet in 1924. Turf Builder, a specially designed fertilizer, was created in 1928. Scotts sales reached $1 million dollars in 1940. Their research division, which conducted turfgrass research exclusively, began in 1945. 1947 saw the advent of the very first fertilizer and weed control combination in a dry-applied form.

The first (and only) automated seed packaging and electronic seed processing plant was erected in 1953. Sales of grass seed, fertilizers and lawn equipment soared throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Zenith Zoysia grass seed was introduced in 1990, and our product, Scotts Turf Builder Zoysia Grass Seed and Mulch, was first introduced in the 2000s.


  • Works well even in drought locales
  • Zoysia with Mulch fills up bare spots in yard rapidly
  • Grows thick and lush on clay soil
  • Grew in a location where nothing has been able to grow for at least 2 years


  • Coverage area is incorrect - Instead of covering 2,000 square feet, it only covered 850 square feet
  • This product is neither disease resistant or insect resistant
  • Zoysia can be invasive


  • This product has been freshly harvested and tested
  • Thrives in drought and heat, as well as colder temperatures and partial shade
  • 99.9% weed free - Scotts seeds are filtered 3 times before they are distributed
  • Contains a mulch and grass seed combination, which allows water retention so that new seedlings will grow quicker
  • This product is coated with a fungicide for enhanced germination
  • Has WaterSmart PLUS coating which helps product to absorb twice the amount of water, and holds it two times better than uncoated seed
  • Grows a durable, tough, low maintenance lawn
  • Makes a thick soft ground cover which doesn't require mowing as much as regular grass
  • Grows well in acidic and sandy soil
  • Zoysia's thickness chokes out weeds
  • This particular combination is only recommended for Southern areas in the US
  • Current product formulation includes Compadre Zoysia, but seed type can vary depending on availability and timing
  • Product has high sun and foot traffic tolerance
  • Scotts has a full No Quibble money back guarantee


Scotts Turf Builder Zoysia Grass Seed and Mulch should be planted either in Springtime or early Summer, since these seeds germinate best when there's no chance of frost and daytime temperatures range between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. It takes this product 10 to 21 days to germinate (depending on seasonal conditions it can take 30 to 60 days). Zoysia needs four hours of sunlight daily. Five pounds of this product will cover about 2,000 square feet if you're reseeding and 1,000 square feet for covering new lawns.

To use Zoysia Grass Seed and Mulch, first rake the area to loosen up the soil's top level, and to remove dead grass. Before applying seed, add a small layer of Scotts Turf Builder LawnSoil. Next, apply seeds and mulch with a spreader. Gently rake seeds into soil. Water once a day as needed so that the soil surface remains moist up until seedlings reach a minimum height of 2 inches tall. Seeds will start growing in approximately 10 to 21 days. The texture of grass is medium to fine, and the color is a dark green. Mow seedlings when they're 2 inches tall. Don't apply any product to control weeds until after a minimum of four mowings.


Despite all the great claims for Scotts Turf Builder Zoysia Grass Seed and Mulch, reviewers were generally very dissatisfied with this product. About 36% of users thought that this was a quality product and had good growth, both on new lawns and in reseeded areas. Fifteen percent of users rated it average. They had some germination. The remaining 52% of reviewers online hated this product, and said that the advertising was completely misleading. They followed all the directions, planted it in the appropriate soil under the right weather conditions, and faithfully watered. The vast majority of reviewers got either no germination at all, or the thinnest germination in isolated spots only. They also reported a large amount of weeds and crabgrass growing instead, and felt they were deceived by this product's claim of being 99.9% weed free.

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Matt Hagens

Hi, I'm Matt the owner of Yard Care Gurus. I love to be outside working on my lawn, planning my next project. I created this website to help people like you find the best products for yard care and great advice. Thanks for stopping by!

Henry - March 1, 2016


I have some grass already established, some areas Bermuda and some areas St. Augustine, but I want to plant Zoysia grass. What do I need to do? Can I mow the grass I have now really short and just put out the Zoysia grass seeds?

    Mark Kelly - March 8, 2016

    You can try that, but I would really advise starting over….depends on your budget though of course.

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